MARQUETTE - After calling 13 witnesses, the prosecution rested its case this morning in the assault trial of Suranit Imsumran.
Imsumran, 44, of Marquette, who faces three felony counts, was the first witness to testify for the defense. With the aid of an interpreter, Imsumran detailed his relationship with alleged assault victim Autumn Ballas.
Imsumran testified that he gave Ballas several gifts and provided her with money. He produced 27 pictures from a sightseeing trip to Munising the two took together in October 2009.
Defendant Suranit Imsumran answers a question from attorney Scott Brogan, foreground, after interpreter Joseph Tasma, left, translated for him. Imsumran testified in his own defense at his assault trial in Marquette County Circuit Court this morning. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
The defense plans to cal more witnesses today.
Imsumran is charged with assault with intent to murder, a crime punishable by up to life in prison. He is also accused of first-degree home invasion, which is a 20-year felony, and criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, which carries a 10-year prison sentence.
For more on the story see Thursday's edition of The Mining Journal.